Tribunal and Malasaña are a kind of synonyms: the first term takes the name from the Tribunal Metro Station and the second one, from the Malasaña Street. Anyway, Tribunal and Malasaña are one of the favourite zones to go out at night for many young Madrilenians.
Tribunal and Malasaña zone includes, more or less, the area between Gran Vía, Hortaleza Street, Sagasta Street and Amaniel Street. There are several Metro stations in this area: Tribunal (Lines 1 and 10), Gran Vía (Lines 1 and 5), Alonso Martínez (Lines 4, 5 and 10), Bilbao (Lines 1 and 4) and Noviciado (Line 2). Many bus lines pass by the main streets of Tribunal and Malasaña too.
Tribunal and Malasaña is not a very monumental area, but there are some remarkable buildings. The most important square is Plaza del 2 de Mayo, a lively point every hour and every day. In this place of Tribunal and Malasaña, visitors can see an arch, which used to be the gate of the Monteleón military barracks. Right here, the Spanish Revolution against French occupation began in May 1808.
There also are interesting churches in Tribunal and Malasaña. One of them is the Montserrat one, located in San Bernardo Street and built in the late 17th century. It served as an example for many American churches during the colonial period. Near here, in one extreme of Tribunal and Malasaña area, it’s the Convent of Comendadoras de Santiago, built in the same period as the church of Montserrat.
Close to this place of Tribunal and Malasaña, tourists can discover the Cuartel Conde Duque Cultural Centre, another military barracks that has been reformed to host one of the most important art galleries in Madrid, as well as library and auditorium. It was designed in brick and granite combination and it is the best Baroque building in Tribunal and Malasaña.
As we said, Tribunal and Malasaña is one of the liveliest areas to go out at night. The atmosphere is mainly alternative: rock, reggae, punk or chill out are some of the genres that can be listened here. But techno lovers can also go to the old Pacha, a very popular disco located close in Barceló Street. This party atmosphere of Tribunal and Malasaña remind the tourists ‘la Movida’, a youngster movement that burst here in the 80s, soon after the fall of the Franco’s dictatorship.
Those who want to go out quieter in the afternoon have a lot of alternatives in Tribunal and Malasaña too. For example, to take some ‘cañas’ (beer) and ‘tapas’ in the terrace bars of Plaza del 2 de Mayo and adjacent streets. Creperies, burgers or pizzas to take away are also good options. Tribunal and Malasaña is also a good place to go shopping, especially to buy alternative clothing and accessories. Fuencarral Street, which is the heart of this zone, has been pedestrianize recently and now it is full of this kind of shops. The greatest franchises of the world, such as Vans or Blanco, are also present in this boulevard of Tribunal and Malasaña.
The accommodation in Tribunal and Malasaña is not too expensive. The cheapest option is a youth hostel located in Mejía Lequierica Street and owned by the municipality. Other hostels are also available in Tribunal and Malasaña, such as Malasaña One, Miralva or Las Murallas.
Those who want to stay in a more comfortable room can look for a vacant in hotels like Petit Palace San Bernardo or Petit Palace Santa Barbara. Husa Princesa Hotel and Meliá Princesa Hotel are the biggest ones in Tribunal and Malasaña zone and are located in Princesa Street.